Knighton Park

    Wildlife Highlights

    Knighton Spinney is an area of mature woodland that is home to a variety of wildlife, including displays of wood anemones and bluebells in the spring. Squire Craddock-Hartopp planted oak trees to form the spinney in 1840 to help provide oak wood for future shipbuilding. To make the oaks grow tall and straight, ash were planted in between them. Later Craddock decided to keep the woodland as a fox covert and in 1932 a covenant was published declaring that the spinney should be a nature reserve for all time. The spinney is fenced off from the rest of the park and is open to the public on some Sundays with the support of volunteer wardens. As an area of mature oak woodland, the spinney is home to many birds, including green and great-spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches, blackcaps and many others.

    Mature flower beds provide an attractive and long-flowering season for invertebrates. These are particularly rich in areas surrounding the Spinney, the Heath Garden and Sensory Garden.

    Saffron Brook has remained more natural through the main section of the park. The pools and riffles support a range of aquatic invertebrates and the banks are allowed to grow more naturally to support nesting birds, invertebrates and foraging bats.

    Bioblitz image.JPG

    In 2017 a bioblitz was held at Knighton Park, organised by the City Council. More details can be found in a newsletter describing the event and the species found can be seen here.

    Getting There

    The park can be reached by public transport, and there is an entrance from Welford Road, which is served by the Arriva 47, 48 and 49 services.  It is also possible to walk to the park from London Road, served by Arriva 31, or from Shanklin Drive, served by Arriva 44.  (In all cases variants such as the 44A pass the same locations.)

    Cyclists can reach the park from the City Centre via Victoria Park, Clarendon Park Road, Knighton Road and Carisbrooke Road (avoiding London Road and Welford Road).  Palmerston Way, which runs past the park has cycle tracks and forms part of Leicester's Route 4.

    There is a car park at the entrance on Palmerston Way.

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 519

    Latest News

    Leicester City Council has produced a Development Plan for the Park following an external consultation with local stakeholders and residents.  This will help inform on the future of the park and its mixed uses, funding, management and opportunities.

    Description

    Knighton Park is a significant area of green open space at the southern boundary of the ward, where it meets with Oadby and Wigston.  It contains Knighton Spinney, which is a local nature reserve, and is open to the public on some Sundays.  The Saffron Brook runs through the park, and there is a pond in the Heath Garden, both of which provide habitats for a number of aquatic species.  The park contains a large number of native and ornamental trees, and there is a tree trail to guide visitors round 20 interesting and significant trees.  Knighton Wild has produced an online version of the tree trail leaflet, which also includes some additional information about wildlife that you might encounter if you follow the trail round the park.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Buff-tipPhalera bucephala09/08/20192jays
    Paidiscura pallens05/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Scarce Maple PigmyStigmella aceris05/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Profenusa pygmaea05/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Rhododendron LeafhopperGraphocephala fennahi14/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    CommaPolygonia c-album14/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    RingletAphantopus hyperantus14/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Hawthorn ShieldbugAcanthosoma haemorrhoidale14/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Welted ThistleCarduus crispus14/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Garden SnailCornu aspersum14/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Amber SnailSuccinea putris14/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Speckled Bush-cricketLeptophyes punctatissima14/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Coleosporium tussilaginis10/07/2019AJ Cann
    Theridion mystaceum10/07/2019AJ Cann
    DeodarCedrus deodara30/06/2019Saharima Roenisch

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata07/05/2017
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata23/05/2015
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata27/05/2016
    Beetles24 Spot LadybirdSubcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata23/05/2015
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata10/06/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAlderAlnus glutinosa09/03/2017
    Slugs & SnailsAmber SnailSuccinea putris14/07/2019
    Mosses & LiverwortsAnomalous Bristle-mossOrthotrichum anomalum07/02/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix09/09/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior17/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAspenPopulus tremula10/08/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAtlas CedarCedrus atlantica04/01/2017
    WildflowersAutumn HawkbitScorzoneroides autumnalis10/08/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella27/05/2016
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens21/06/2014
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesBee FlyBombylius major02/05/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBeechFagus sylvatica28/07/2017
    SawfliesBerberis SawflyArge berberidis11/06/2017
    BugsBirch Catkin BugKleidocerys resedae13/04/2019
    FungiBirch PolyporePiptoporus betulinus23/01/2018
    BugsBirch ShieldbugElasmostethus interstinctus13/05/2017
    FungiBirch WoodwartAnnulohypoxylon multiforme05/12/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBird CherryPrunus padus05/05/2017
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara02/07/2017
    BirdsBlack-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus11/01/2016
    WildflowersBlack BryonyDioscorea communis17/05/2015
    BeetlesBlack Clock BeetlePterostichus madidus28/04/2019
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesBlackberry Leaf MidgeDasineura plicatrix09/09/2018
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula10/04/2016
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla25/04/2017